Thursday, November 6, 2008

A New President (Day?)

Well, here we are, two days after the 2008 Presidential elections. I must admit, the man I least wanted to see become our next President unfortunately was the man that the majority of Americans did want. So what now? This morning I was reading 1 Timothy, and I came to
ch. 2:1-3

" I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour."

I was reminded of the fact that my future is not ultimately determined by American politics, nor the politics of the world for that matter. My great hope does not rest in any man save One - The King of kings, and Lord of lords, Yeshua the Holy one of Israel. In fact, it is this very King of kings that is in control of which "kings" come and go in this world:

"...to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Daniel 4:17

King Nebuchadnezzer found this out the hard way ( to find out how, read all of Daniel 4). The fact of the matter is, we (America) got exactly what God wanted, and what most Americans think they wanted. Israel got what they think they wanted once, when they demanded of Samuel the prophet, to appoint them a king. Samuel thought that they were rejecting him because of this, but God reassured Samuel that it was not him (Samuel) that they were rejecting; it was God Himself. Then Samuel went on to explain to Israel what it was that they would actually get in getting for themselves a king:

"And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day."
1 Sam. 8:10-18

I realize that we (America) have progressively grown more and more burdened under a system of laws that continue to swell in such a manner as to be overwhelming. Our "kings" seem to be more and more about their own aggrandizement than the ultimate welfare of the citizens of this country. And Obama will be no different. But let us not forget that, as Christians (those of us that claim to be at least), we are duty bound to the Lord Jesus Christ to heed His word, and do as He commands. To say that we are His, yet reject His word, is to reject Him. And we are instructed to pray for our leaders, for this is pleasing in His sight. We are not to be immature kids, living by our emotions gone out of control. We are to be ruled by the Word of God, as directed by the Spirit of God, in service to the Son of God. May we rise up and honor our King, even as we pray for our new "king."


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